Well, I did it, I went to the job fair of our local school district (I teach in the larger district “next door,” so to speak) and handed in my resume to 33 different school representatives in just over 4 hours. I had many conversations. (I’m adding in here to the original post that it was really positive that I’d started my Master’s degree in reading at UT Tyler. I could see that the school representatives felt that distinction, along with being a grade chair, put my in a respectable position.)
And yet one conversation sticks out with me more than the others. I was talking to a reading specialist at a school on the other side of the freeway, and she looked over my resume, asked a few questions, and somewhere in there I made a comment about matching teachers with personalities of the schools at which they will work.
“Oh no, it’s not about personalities, it’s about qualifications,” she said.
I thought to myself, “but I’ve got all the qualifications and then some … ” Every year people at all ability levels from first-year college graduate to veterans of 20 years with 3 TOY awards get hired. I have to say I assume there’s a strong personality component to getting a teaching job.
Am I missing something here? What do you think? Is there a personality match component to teacher hires?